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Past Events

TRB Workshop on Future freight and logistics survey

The Innovations in Freight Data Workshop took place in Irvine, CA, on May 17–18, 2017. On May 17, Dr. Moshe Ben Akiva, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke on a panel about technologies for monitoring, tracking, and data collection. He provided early information about an ongoing EAR Program-supported research project titled “Future freight and logistics survey: integrated data collection using mobile sensing, wireless communication, and machine learning algorithms.”  More information about this Transportation Research Board (TRB) workshop is located at http://www.cvent.com/events/innovations-in-freight-data-workshop/event-summary-b5bdf9d69f294e21885cb4fb0020df02.aspx.

Video Analytics Research Results Presented at IEEE Workshop

On March 30, 2017, in Santa Rosa, CA, David Kuehn, FHWA’s Program Manager for the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, presented results from an EAR Program-funded research on video analytics.  Kuehn presented on “Advances in Automating Analysis of Highway and Driver Video Image Data: Managing Low and Variable Image Quality” during the First International Workshop on Human Activity Analysis with Highly Diverse Cameras.  The workshop took place as part of the biannual Workshop on Application of Computer Vision sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.  More information about the workshop is located at http://printeps.org/HDC2017/.  More information about the EAR Program-funded research on video analytics is located at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/15025/index.cfm


FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program results to be presented at the Transportation Research Board 2017 Annual Meeting, January 8–12, 2017, Washington, DC:

“Exploratory Advanced Research Program: Recent, Current, and Upcoming Activities, Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, EAR Program Booth 1016.

  • The EAR Program Booth will include a full complement of EAR Program publications and information about open requests for information and solicitations.

“Modeling Lane Change Behavior on a Highway with a High-Occupancy-Vehicle Lane with Continuous Access and Egress,Monday, 8–9:45 a.m. Session 236, Managed Lanes and Congestion Pricing Analysis, Design, and Operation, Convention Center.

  • Lin Xiao, Delft University of Technology
  • Meng Want, Delft University of Technology
  • Wouter Schakel, Delft University of Technology
  • Steven Shladover, California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology
  • Bart van Arem, Delft University of Technology

“An Enhanced Microscopic Traffic Simulation Model for Application to Connected Automated Vehicles, Wednesday, 8 - 9:45 a.m. Session 798, Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics, Convention Center.

  • Xiao-Yun Lu, California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology
  • Xingan (David) Kan, University of California, Berkeley
  • Steven Shladover, California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology
  • Dali Wei, Texas Tech University
  • Robert Ferlis, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

“Realistic Car-Following Models for Microscopic Simulation of Adaptive and Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control Vehicles, Monday, 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Session 321, Car-following Models and Longitudinal Control, Convention Center.

  • Lin Xiao, Delft University of Technology
  • Meng Wang, Delft University of Technology
  • Bart van Arem, Delft University of Technology

"A Scalable Short-Term Origin-Destination Estimation Approach Based on Modularized Network with Connected Vehicle Technology,Monday, 1:30–3:15 p.m., Session 357, Innovations in Urban Transportation Data, Convention Center.

  • Yi Zhao, NRC Research Associateship
  • X Peter Huang, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Jiaqi Ma, Leidos, Inc.
  • Jia Hu, NRC Research Associateship
  • YubianWang, NRC Research Associateship

“Responsive Signal Control with Active Connected Vehicles, Tuesday, 8–9:45a.m., Session 528, Adaptive Control of Traffic Signal Systems, Convention Center.

  • Lin Xiao, NRC Research Associateship
  • Yubian Wang, NRC Research Associateship
  • Jia Hu, NRC Research Associateship
  • Yi Zhao, NRC Research Associateship


Workshop on Human Factors Issues Associated with “Connected Automation” Applications

On July 20, 2016, Federal Highway Association’s (FHWA’s) Office of Safety Research and Development conducted a workshop on “Human Factors Issues Associated with ‘Connected Automation’ Applications.” The workshop was held during the Transportation Research Board’s Automated Vehicle Symposium, which took place from July 19 through 21 in San Francisco, CA. Participants examined human factors issues associated with near-term deployment of connected automation applications, such as Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC). The workshop included CACC results from experiments conducted for an Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program-sponsored study. Brian Philips presented the results of this research. Although already demonstrated as technically feasible, connected automation applications face potential hurdles related to the abilities and limitations of the humans using them. The effect usage of connected automation applications may have on drivers’ workload directly impacts performance and safety, and influences drivers’ overall situation awareness. During moderated breakout sessions and facilitated expert panel discussions, participants explored these challenges as well as near-term implementation questions and issues.


TRB Webinar: Technology Readiness Level Assessments for Research Program Managers and Customers

On April 28, 2016, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) conducted a webinar to present an overview of the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Assessment for describing the maturity of highway research products. The FHWA worked with the Volpe Center to develop the assessment. The webinar included background on the assessment tool, examples of its use, and lessons on how it can be applied to highway transportation research programs. The first 60 minutes of the webinar included presentations, and the final 30 minutes was reserved for audience questions. TRB’s Standing Committee on Conduct of Research organized the webinar. For full details about the webinar, go to http://www.trb.org/ElectronicSessions/Blurbs/173937.aspx. Contact Reggie Gillum at RGillum@nas.edu with any questions regarding the webinar.


TRB Webinar: New Technologies for Renewable Energy in the Public Right-of-Way

On March 31, 2016, the TRB conducted a webinar to present an overview of the results of two FHWA EAR Program studies on pursuing energy harvesting and application in the public right-of-way: (1) A Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System Technology; and (2) Kinetic-to-Electric Energy Conversion Technology as a Roadway Energy Harvester. Project researchers provided their approach, results, and recommendations for advancing their technologies, The webinar began with an introduction of the EAR Program and motivation for the research and ended with a question-and-answer session. For full details about the webinar, go to http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/173859.aspx. Contact Reggie Gillum at RGillum@nas.edu with any questions regarding the webinar.


EAR Program Sponsored Projects at Innovations in Travel Modeling Conference

From April 27–30, 2014, in Baltimore, MD, the Transportation Research Board held its fifth conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling. The conference featured sessions that addressed a range of topics related to innovations in travel modeling including sessions highlighting FHWA’s EAR Program sponsored research on the use of agent-based models and simulation. For more information, see http://www.cvent.com/events/innovations-in-travel-modeling/custom-18-477f7b8596454859ac120f90d9ebc56c.aspx.


EAR Program Sponsored Project at SXSW

The FHWA EAR Program has been investigating advanced technologies in computer vision, robotics, and artificial intelligence to improve mobility and navigation of travelers with vision impairment. Mohammed Yusuf, a research engineer with the FHWA Office of Operations Research and Development and the technical point of contact for an EAR Program sponsored research project, presented at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference on March 7–16, 2014, in Austin, TX. Yusuf was one of the presenters for a session on “Gaining Vision the Robotic Way.” This session explored the opportunities associated with advances in sensing and vision-free interfaces and robotic technology for route planning and guidance. Experts from government, academia, and the private sector discussed emerging trends in transportation and technology, and looked for ways to work collaboratively to further the research. Further details about the session are available at http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP21294.


Infravation Program Overview

FHWA held a web conference on February 27, 2014, to make U.S. entities aware of and prepare them for seeking partners for the Infravation Program. Infravation is Infrastructure plus Innovation. The objective of the program was to increase opportunity for exploiting and accelerating the update of novel materials and new technologies for the design, construction, and life-cycle operation of highway infrastructure. For more information, please go to https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/resources/infravation.cfm.


National Multimodal Freight Analysis Framework Research

The EAR Program supported a workshop for the Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning titled “National Multimodal Freight Analysis Framework Research.” The workshop took place on December 11, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the National Academies of Sciences’ Keck Center. Invited participants discussed the state of the art, primary gaps in current capabilities, and strategies for addressing these gaps, particularly in the areas of a multi-modal freight networks, freight demand modeling, and origin-destination data disaggregation. At the conclusion of this workshop, FHWA identified a set of topics that could be incorporated into future EAR Program solicitations, and ultimately inform the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) version 4, scheduled for release in late 2015. For more information, please go to https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/14054/index.cfm.

Exploratory Advanced Research Program



NRC Postdoctoral Fellows Help EAR Program Solve Transportation Issues

The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) conducts research across a wide range of topics and disciplines. To supplement the expertise of the permanent staff, it is important to bring in researchers with the appropriate backgrounds to investigate specific problems at short-term basis. Through the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, FHWA utilizes the Resident Associates (or Postdoctoral Fellows) program of the National Research Council (NRC) for this purpose. The NRC provides a process for selecting candidates on a competitive merit basis and subsequently for administration of the Resident Fellows during their tenures at FHWA. [More]

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